Reconstituting identity and history in post-war Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Grodach, Carl (2002) Reconstituting identity and history in post-war Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 6(1), pp. 61-82.

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Abstract

This paper by Carl Grodach demonstrates the careful unravelling of complexity, diversity, contestation and contradictions involved in the reconstruction of symbolic urban spaces after violent conflict, and the allied processes of cultural reinterpretation, political reconfiguration and material revaluation which accompany it. The paper analyses the reconstruction and redevelopment of the 16th-century historic centre of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, following the Bosnian Wars of 1992–1995. Reconstruction efforts centre around Stari Most, the 16th-century Ottoman bridge destroyed by Bosnian Croat military in 1993. In Mostar, both international and local organizations are in the process of reinterpreting Bosnia’s legacy of Ottoman city spaces.

This research and analysis illuminates how such spaces can be central to contemporary projects to redefine group identities and conceptions of place. It provides insight into the ways various groups are attempting to reshape outside perceptions of the city—and Bosnia’s ethnic conflict—to articulate a new definition of local identity and ethnic relations and to remake a stable tourist economy through Mostar’s urban spaces.

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ID Code: 93631
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/13604810220142844
ISSN: 1360-4813
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2016 01:48
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 01:50

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